Native Perth songstress Shameem has released her debut album, alongside a string of dates around the country to showcase her new stuff. She likewise dropped her second single Under One Sun, which although unintentional, is a comfort after the events of the Sydney siege.
Although I admit, on my first listen I wasn’t completely convinced by Under The Sun, it is a wonderfully light track that follows her acclaimed debut single Beautiful Soul. Although sounding faintly like a Christmas carol (or perhaps all songs are moulding into Christmas carols after working in a shopping centre all holidays), its message is both lovely and fitting. Considering the recent circumstances surrounding the tragic and shocking events of the Lindt Shop siege, its message that ‘we come from one ancestor, just one forefather… we are but one’ can’t help but reflect the recent events. It gives perspective behind such a brilliant social media campaigns as #illridewithyou which has blown up in recent days.
This is probably not what Shameem intended when she wrote her upbeat, carefree track, but nonetheless it speaks volumes about the maturity of the artist in her selfless messages. While I understand why so many musicians choose to write incessantly about themselves and their love lives, it’s refreshing to hear someone so young write with such powerful social conscious. No matter what the context in broader society, it’s always welcome. Co-written by the Grammy award winning UK-based producer James Bryan who has worked with Nelly Furtado and James Morrison in the past, it is a meaty, soul driven pop song. These themes are embedded through her entre new album The Second City.
Shameem will be headed around Australia with her goodwill in tow this February.
SHAMEEM TOUR DATES
SAT 17 JAN | SUBIACO ARTS CENTRE SUBIACO WA | ALL AGES | 7:15PM DOORS
Tickets available from www.shameemmusic.com
THUR 19 FEB | PARIS CAT MELBOURNE VIC | 18+ | 8PM DOORS 9PM START
Tickets available from www.pariscat.com.au
FRI 20 FEB | THE BASEMENT CANBERRA ACT | 18+ | 9PM DOORS 9:30PM START
Tickets available from http://www.trybooking.com/GLNV
SAT 21 FEB | GINGERS SYDNEY NSW | 18+ | 7:30PM DOORS 8PM START
Tickets available from http://www.trybooking.com/GLNR
SUN 22 FEB | LASS O’GOWRIE NEWCASTLE NSW | KIDS WELCOME | 12PM DOORS 2PM START | FREE ENTRY
MON 23 FEB | BAR ON THE HILL @ UNIVERSITY OF NEWCASTLE NSW | ALL AGES | 12:30PM START | FREE ENTRY
FRI 27 FEB | RIC’S BAR BRISBANE QLD | 18+ | 7:30PM DOORS 8PM START | FREE ENTRY
SAT 28 FEB | TREEHOUSE BYRON BAY NSW | ALL AGES | 7:30PM START | FREE ENTRY
SUN 1 MAR | UKIYO @ THE ROYAL CROQUET CLUB ADELAIDE SA | ALL AGES | 5:30PM START
Tickets available from www.adelaidefringe.com.au